Hot flashes, insomnia, and other common side effects of the transition to menopause originate in the brain. But until recently, scientists have not had a clear picture of the differences between the pre-menopausal, peri-menopausal, and post-menopausal brain. An important new imaging study led by Dr. Lisa Mosconi highlights many of ways in which a woman’s brain changes during this transition, such as a reduction in brain volume and changes in blood flow. The good news is that many of these changes are transitory, or partially compensated for after the transition is complete, suggesting that “the brain has the ability to find a new ‘normal’ after menopause.”
More about it here, on Well Cornell Medicine.